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September 19th, 2017:

Apple iOS 11 – Eleven Features in new release

Apple released their latest version iOS 11.  This PC Magazine review highlights some of the most advanced features.

Apple’s iOS 11, its latest and greatest mobile operating system, arrives today on iPhone and iPad. And it brings a slew of productivity features that let you do more with your Apple device.  With hundreds of new features, not everything can be a winner. But there are several things that caught our eye and will likely improve the iOS experience. Check them out in the gallery below.

1. Augmented Reality – new tools for software developers that will allow them to bring augmented reality apps to iPhones and iPads

2. Apple Pay Person to Person – you’ll be able to send money via iMessages to friends who also have iOS devices

3. Siri Translation – The voice assistant can now speak 21 languages across 36 countries

4. Multi-Tasking With Files App, Dock – Apple is also able to do all this without breaking its security model, so you know your information will always be safe.

5. Slide Over and Split View Apps – That means you can move seamlessly between the two, as well as moving files and information

6. Tap, Drag, and Now: Drop – Now, you’ll be able to tap and drag files, text, and just about anything else wherever you need them

7. Multi-Room Audio – Music fans can extend music from room to room using AirPlay 2, which brings HomeKit support to speakers for multi-room audio

8. Apple Maps Do Not Disturb – With “do not disturb” enabled, you won’t get any notifications or messages while the car is in motion. If anyone texts you, they’ll get an auto-reply that says you’re driving and will get back to them at your destination

9. Live Photos – With iOS 11, Live Photos will add three new tricks: the Vine-like Loops (above); the Boomerang-esque Bounce; and a Long Exposure option

10. Screenshot Preview – In iOS 11, taking a screenshot brings up a little preview in the lower corner that you can drag and drop to share

11. Screenshot Doodle – Tap the preview image, and you’ll get a slate of tools to doodle and draw on the screenshot

Professional Designations – Top 18 certifications for 2017

This article shares the advantages of continuing education and professionals investing in their careers with 18 highly sought after designations.  The PMP and CISSP are two examples cited in this review.

A certification is more than a gold star. It’s more than a pat on the back or a “job well done.”  Obtaining a professional certification is an indication that you’re an expert. It’s proof to employers, peers and even yourself that you speak and think in a specific language. It comes with the expectation that co-workers and decision-makers will call on you for advice and insight. Your experience and expertise will be key to a business’ growth in the face of internal and external changes.

Basically, a certification is confirmation that you provide value. And in a competitive and crowded industry like IT, it’s often not easy to stand out.  Whether you’re wading into the waters with a foundational credential or pulling all-night study sessions to prep for your six-hour CISSP exam, a lot of time and energy goes into certification. Here are 18 options, in no particular order, that are worth your effort based on site searches, feedback from instructors and data in the Global Knowledge 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report.